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Niels Diffrient, designer of phones, cameras, office chairs

NEW YORK — Niels Diffrient — an industrial designer who combined elegance and efficiency in everyday objects, including telephones, cameras, airplane interiors, and, late in his life, office chairs that adjusted themselves to whoever sat in them — died June 8 at his home in Ridgefield, Conn. He was 84.

The cause was cancer, said his wife, tapestry artist Helena Hernmarck.

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